‘Artistic genius’: Big Bird puppeteer Caroll Spinney dies

Puppeteer Caroll Spinney, who portrayed the beloved Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, including providing their voices, has died aged 85.

The American died at his home in Connecticut on Saturday, according to a statement from the Sesame Workshop.

It did not mention a cause of death, but said he had been living with dystonia – a muscle disorder – for some time.

He voiced and operated both key characters in the popular children’s TV show until he was well into his 80s.

The statement paid tribute to “an artistic genius” with a “loving view of the world” that helped shape the long-running children’s show over five decades, leaving behind a legacy that “will be unending”.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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